According to Yahoo!Sports, there is an agreement in place between the Cavs and the Timberwolves that would send first-round draft picks Andrew Wiggins and Anthony Bennett to Minnesota. Love would then opt out of his contract to sign a five-year, $120 million extension with Cleveland. The trade can’t be finalized until Aug. 23, since Wiggins just signed his rookie deal.
Now all of this sounds new and exciting, but there are some very familiar results that can come of this. If this deal does in fact happen (you never know with the NBA), it would make the Cavs the undeniable favorite in the Eastern Conference and maybe even the league. And just like yesteryear, most will be so hypnotized by the “KY-Bron Love” story that the Spurs will sneak right back to the Finals.
Just as a refresher, the Cavs and Spurs met in the finals back in 2007. The youth of LeBron James was evident as San Antonio swept the series on the way to their fourth title. Now let’s fast-forward to the present day, where things are extremely different now. The Spurs have aged and James paired with Kyrie Irving was already as serious combo. The addition of Love is a game changer, which the Spurs will definitely have to respect.
Gregg Popovich’s game plan to dare James to shoot back in 2007, which scarred him for life, may not work nowadays. And the dynamic creating abilities of Irving coupled with the big body and shooting prowess of Love is going to cause many to doubt the Spurs. But don’t forget that San Antonio works best as the unassuming, forgotten about bunch of “old guys”.